Company : Institut VerpackungsMarktforschung GmbH

Category : Pharma Packaging

Key Products : Child resistant packaging, Child resistant lighters, Testing and certification of child resistant packaging

As a packaging and market research institute we have been working towards better standards of child-resistant packaging since 1975. During this time the scope of our client base has broadened and as a consequence so too has the scope of our testing and certification capabilities.


Today, ivm is one of the few institutes in Europe accredited according to ISO 17025 as a testing laboratory for child-resistant packaging and child resistant lighters. Furthermore we are the only accredited certification body for child-resistant packaging in Europe in accordance with EN 45011.


We are recognized for our high standards by both consumers and governing bodies from within the industry, as an institute that can issue certificates in conjunction to the testing conducted.


We are also proud to be recognized by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a testing body for child-resistant packaging.


As a result of our successes with regards to testing and certification of child resistance we also undertake this activity for child resistant lighters. This is mandatory within the European Union as per Decision 2012/53/EU and also in the US as per US 16 CFR 1210.

Child Resistant Packaging

Children are curious by nature and are unaware of the danger stored by products and substances. They use their sense of touch and taste to discover the world around them and as such we have a duty to protect them, morally and legally.


Every year we are witnessing toddlers and young children being hospitalized or die through the ingestion of pharmaceutical and chemical products and substances. The child resistant packaging is the last defence against this and so must be as well designed as possible. Each year over 10,000 European children continue to die from various reasons but accidental poisoning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the European region and is responsible for approximately 3000 deaths per year. 


Child resistant packaging has been developed in order to prevent that children get into contact with the contents of a bottle etc. that contains poisonous substances. There will never be 100 per cent safety, as adults should still be able to open the packages easily and quickly. When a package is designed and then manufactured for these sorts of products it is typically tested in accordance with the child safety legislation in existence.

Child-Resistant Packaging Testing and Certification

Testing and certification of child-resistant packaging and lighters


Today ivm is in conjunction with internationally one of the few accredited institutions that provide a high standard of quality that tested child safety packaging for pharmaceutical and chemical products and childproof Lighters.


The test laboratory of ivm is accredited by the DAkkS German Accreditation Body in accordance with ISO 17025. Testing and certification of child-resistant packaging and lighters in accordance to the following standards:


1. ISO 8317 (2003)

ISO 8317 (2003) - equivalent to DIN EN ISO 8317 (2004) - is the international standard for re-closable child resistant packaging. It applies to pharmaceutical as well as to chemical products.


Only packaging that has been considered child resistant in tests with infants as well as convenient for elderly people according to the standards will meet ISO 8317 (2003).


2. EN 862 (2005)

EN 862 (2005) - equivalent to DIN EN 862 (2006) - is the international standard for non-re-closable child resistant packaging for non-pharmaceutical products.


There are different types of non-reclosable child resistant packages, such as packages where the content of which is used in one application (unit dose, one unit), refill packs, re-sealable bags, flow packs and packages that are made up of several joint single packages for single use (e.g. blister packs).


3. EN 14375 (2003)

EN 14375 (2003) - equivalent to DIN EN 14375 (2004) - is the European standard for non-reclosable child resistant packages for pharmaceutical products. EN 14375 has replaced DIN 55559 which is no longer applicable.


This standard is especially relevant for blister packs, stick packs and granule bags.


Alongside the above standards, testing and certification of child-resistant packaging and lighters also follows the below standards:


  • US 16 CFR § 1700.20 (PPPA)
  • US 16 CFR § 1210
  • AS 1928-2007
  • AS 5014-2010
  • AS 5808-2009
  • CAN/CSA-Z76.1-06 (R2011)
  • CAN/CSA-Z76.2-00 (R2010)
  • AS/NZS 4867.2:2002
  • DIN 15945 (2011-06) - Ease of opening of packaging
  • All corresponding national provisions of European countries

Acceptance and preference testing helps to develop packages that is suitable and appeals to the end users. As time, financial and environmental factors are critical to manufacturers and suppliers, it is important to carry out these tests before production begins, thus saving wastage of machinery, time and money. ivm Childsafe currently works with a number of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and chemical production and packaging companies. We deliver professional support at research and development through to final production stages and after care. With over 30 years of child resistance packaging experience we are able to offer specialist knowledge and consulting services.

Contact Details

Institut VerpackungsMarktforschung GmbH
Friedrich-Seele-Str. 20
38122 Braunschweig
Tel: +49 (0) 531-28509245
Fax: +49 (0) 531-28509246

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